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NRCC targets Barber, Kirkpatrick with microsites

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) incompetence with the internet and social media is legendary, and a move this week to publicly announce it is launching its “Red Zone” program provides the evidence. The not-so-stealthy attack will employ stand-alone sites targeting the seven Democratic representatives the GOP considers to be the most vulnerable incumbents.

Arizona is the state with the greatest number of targeted incumbents with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and Rep. Ron Barber.

Both won narrowly in the last election, but they will be facing tough candidates. The site for Ron Barber reads, “Ron Barber is running for Congress because he is more interested in keeping his job than making sure there are jobs for you and your family.” The site for Ann Kirkpatrick points out that she walked out on her own town hall because she didn’t want to answer questions about voting for ObamaCare among other abuses of her position.

The full list of “Red Zone” candidates are Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.), Ron Barber (Ariz.), John Barrow (Ga.), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Jim Matheson (Utah) and Nick Rahall (W.Va.). All seven are elusive GOP targets, who have repeatedly managed to eke out re-election wins despite representing tough districts.

The Democrat Party needs 17 seats to regain the house majority, an imposing task for any party, but particularly difficult to get in an off-year when the party holding the White House normally loses seats.

The NRCC and the Republican Party is not taking those 17 seats for granted, and their “Red Zone” program is an opportunity for the GOP to play offense and work to expand their margin.

The sites are all labeled like traditional campaign sites featuring the candidate’s name with a .com extension. For instance, AnnKirkpatrick.com is setting up the possibility that a voter could stumble upon them while seeking information on a given candidate. Additionally, the local conservative movement could use the links whenever they do an article or campaign piece about the races in which the candidates’ names are mentioned.

Each site includes details on the candidates’ voting history and Republican attack lines.

The sites all provide the option for a user to donate to the NRCC and sign up to the committee’s mailing list.

NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek said the sites are meant to provide the truth about Democratic “frauds.” Bozek further said, “These Democrats are frauds and don’t fit their districts,” she said in a statement. “They continuously say one thing back home, then vote with Nancy Pelosi in Washington. With this new NRCC campaign, voters will finally learn the truth about these two-faced politicians.”

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